03:33 PM EDT 02/11/2014
Originally posted 10/09/2013 04:30PM
Are you bored with your fitness routine?
Workout boredom is no small problem. It's actually in the top five reasons why people stop exercising (after time, money, weather and self-consciousness). The Make Boring Brilliant workout survey conducted by vitaminwater zero in August found that more than 50 percent of people are bored with their workout.
Before you let boredom slow you down, try some of my top tips to beat boredom and re-energize your workout!
Originally posted 10/02/2013 06:00PM
At 30 years old, Jacqui McCoy weighed in at 355 pounds and was miserable. Jacqui felt like a prisoner in her own body. Knowing she needed a change, but having no idea where to start, she applied to, and was chosen for, the television show Extreme Weight Loss.
As she embarked on her weight-loss journey with the show, however, she became obsessed with the number on the scale, and that obsession turned into a devastating eating disorder. Spurred to lose weight drastically and swiftly, she shed a whopping 207 pounds in less than a year – more than half of her body weight.
As a prize, the show arranged for surgery to remove the excess skin that remained after her massive weight loss. For a few weeks, Jacqui looked better than she ever had. But at what cost?
Originally posted 09/25/2013 03:35PM
I'm often asked, "What's the best exercise for your legs?"
That's like asking a parent which child they love best. Well … almost. You get the idea.
There are hundreds, if not thousands of lower body exercises. Many of them are effective, some of them look cool, and a few are just plain dangerous (when done improperly).
Among my favorite lower body exercises are sumo squats, leg extensions and deadlifts, but if I had to pick a No. 1, I personally love the simplicity and versatility of the lunge.
Originally posted 09/18/2013 05:00PM
I don't do yoga.
There, I said it.
I've tried yoga. I admire yoga. My wife occasionally does yoga. I even like to include a few yoga movements in some of my clients' workouts. But for some reason, I never became a yogi.
I do admire the increased flexibility, the stress release and the amazing balance people get from doing yoga regularly.
Originally posted 09/11/2013 03:00PM
There was a time when I would only hear my male clients talk about how they wanted fit, chiseled arms. Nowadays, almost all of my female clients are adamant about having strong, sculpted arms, and that's thanks, in part, to the über-fit actresses dominating the movie screens of the '90s and early 2000s.
The incredible arms of Hilary Swank in Million Dollar Baby, Halle Berry in Catwoman, Demi Moore in G.I. Jane, Resident Evil's Milla Jovovich, and Angelina Jolie in Tomb Raider, all inspired women to lose the sleeves and focus on making their arms as amazing as the rest of their bodies.
There are two main muscle groups in the arms: The biceps, which are located on the front of the upper arms; and the triceps, which are on the back of the upper arms. The main function of the biceps is to bend the elbow, while the triceps straighten the arm at the elbow.
Originally posted 09/04/2013 03:00PM
I like to swim. It's a great form of exercise, it's easy on the joints, and a way to get some fresh air. I try to swim for 20 to 30 minutes when I get the opportunity. Afterwards, I'm physically exhausted!
Diana Nyad also likes to swim. On Monday, she swam from Cuba to Miami. It took her 53 hours (or 3,180 minutes) to swim 110 miles in open ocean water that was loaded with sharks, jellyfish and giant waves.
Oh, and did I mention, Diana is in her mid-60s?
Originally posted 08/29/2013 11:00AM
The word core has truly become the most overused – and misused – buzz word in the fitness world.
People think crunches give you a strong core (wrong), electric abdominal toning belts give you a better core (wrong), core training can burn belly fat (wrong), or the best cure for bad posture is a better core (wrong).
In fact, most people don't really know what "the core" actually is.
Originally posted 08/21/2013 03:00PM
To fish, or not to fish, that is the question.
Poached salmon, shrimp cocktail, crab cakes, raw oysters, tuna sashimi … yum!
I've always emphasized the health benefits of including seafood in your diet. Seafood is a great source of protein and healthy fat and it's rich in iron.
But when it comes to buying seafood, there is a great deal of confusion about what we should and shouldn't eat. And what we see written on the package – "wild-caught," "line-caught," "farm-raised," "organic" – isn't much help. How do we know what fish is the best?
Originally posted 08/14/2013 06:15PM
Whenever I meet with new client, I explain to them that there are three main areas we focus on.
The first two – diet and aerobic exercise – I've written about in great detail in previous blog posts. The third, resistance exercise, is essential to achieving a leaner, fitter, healthier body.
From dumbbells and barbells, to resistance machines and body weight movements, to yoga and Pilates, there are many different types of resistance training.
Not only does it make us stronger, improve our posture, and help shape and sculpt our muscles, it has several other less-mentioned benefits. A few recent studies shed light on even more reasons you should resistance train. Here are three:
Originally posted 08/07/2013 03:05PM
I'm often asked by my clients if there are certain foods they should completely stay away from. Of course, you can eat anything you want within reason.
However, some foods that we've been scared off of are actually not bad for you. Some are actually healthy, and should be included in your diet.
Here are seven foods that have been wrongfully vilified.
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